Camera Test: Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-H9

What do you get when you put a huge 15x Carl Zeiss zoom on a tiny 8MP EVF body? Practically a DSLR.

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H9 Image QualityAn inside-the-park view of New York City’s Columbus Circle. Good color and dynamic range at ISO 400.

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H9 Image QualityGood shadow and highlight detail in this peaceful park shot at 1/400 sec at f/5.6.

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H9 Image QualityGood highlight detail in the white shirt and pants.

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H9 Image QualityThe Sony H9 performed well on a bright and sunny day of deep shadows and hot highlights.

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H9 Image QualitySitting pretty, with an exposure of 1/640 at f/5.6 with an equivalent focal length of 31mm.

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H9 Image QualityWant to catch the look on a pitcher’s face? You can do it with the Sony zoom at 465mm (equivalent).

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H9 Image QualityReady…aim… The speedy Sony caught the action shot with an exposure of 1/2000 sec at f/6.3.

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H9 Image QualityA sea of people lazing on the grass in Central Park on the first warm day of the season.

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H9 Image QualityTree Climbing 101, captured at an equivalent of about 285mm.

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H9 Image QualityWho can’t resist a cute baby? Captured at a perfect portrait focal length of 80mm.

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H9 Image QualityZoom with a view: The Sony H9 let us zoom in quickly to a 285mm equivalent.

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H9 Image QualityNice contrast and color saturation in this reflection image, done at ISO 400.

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H9 Image QualityWe could say that using the Sony H9 was like a walk in the park. Here’s a scene on one of the famous bridges at an equivalent of 195mm.

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H9 Image QualityOK, so we should have popped up the flash for fill, but the H9’s good dynamic range gave us plenty of detail in this shot at 1/500 sec at f/5.6 with a focal length of about 115mm.

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H9 Image QualityA golden retriever, salivating at just the idea of going for a swim in the lake.

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H9 Image QualityAt the other end of the zooming range, a 31mm equivalent gave us a shore-to-shore view.

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H9 Image QualityAt an equivalent focal length of about 400mm, the Sony H9 blurred out the background at an exposure of 1/400 sec at f/5.6.